January 9, 2020
The Week Ahead
Thursday, January 9
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, January 11
9 am - 2 pm: Thrift Shop
Sunday, January 12
7:45 am: Holy Eucharist
9 am: Adult Forum
9:50 am: Epiphany Pageant Rehearsal
10:30 am: Sung Eucharist - Epiphany Pageant
Tuesday, January 14
10 am - 2 pm: Thrift Shop
Wednesday, January 15
7 pm: Christmas Treasures Wrap-up Meeting
Thursday, January 16
7:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, January 18
9 am - 2 pm: Thrift Shop
Sunday, January 19
7:45 am: Holy Eucharist
9 am: Adult Forum
10:15 am: Sunday School
10:30 am: Sung Eucharist
Message from Reverend Jon
Later in January 2020 the Bishop of Pennsylvania will come and spend time with us at the Church of the Redeemer. Under his liturgical leadership we, as a congregation, will renew our pledge to uphold our Baptismal Covenant. A covenant that we made at our baptism or was made on our behalf by our parents and godparents or even baptismal sponsors as we were baptized, carries with it tremendous import. This covenant commits us to follow God in a particular manner. A way that is fraught with danger and uncertainty as we engage God's creation.
No one wants politics in church. We would like to keep our worlds compartmentalized - which keeps things simple. But nothing my friends is simple. As Christians we are called to act in a variety of ways that require risk. Think about what the covenant means to us.
The Baptismal Covenant contains five questions regarding how we, as Christians, are called to live out our faith. And where we, as the beloved children of God that we are, can find help. The answer from our worship is: I will, with God's help. Our help comes from one place and one place only, and that is God.
Our Baptismal Covenant concludes with five questions.
1. Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
2. Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
3. Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
4. Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
5. Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
These questions that we answer with - what may be argued - the most important statements of our lives, may in fact, just be said aloud because everyone else is saying it. We answer I will with God's help. These words are important beyond measure. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we actually did the things that we say we are going to do.
Right now, along our borders, we are tightening security, which is right to do. I remember camping along the border thirty years ago and witnessing first-hand nefarious activity - ask me about this as it's a great story. The problem as I see it is the way we are doing it and it begs the question, how do these actions, well reported at one time in the media, but now are being pushed to the back pages of the paper by the threat of war with Iran, fires in Australia, and who knew in advance of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex' potential distancing themselves from the daily activities and responsibilities of the royal family.
If we were to continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers, our churches would be full. If we were to persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord, which frankly we all do. It is the message of God in the Garden of Eden. But it does not stop at the fall, it continues guiding us in how we are to act, when we do come up short. We are called to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ. These are huge words, but if we just walk the walk that we have been saying we are, then we will be fine. We are all called to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself. I recognize that it is hard to find Christ in all persons, but that is also why we are called to "repent our own sinfulness." We must be able to look deeply into the eyes of another and see Christ. And then, to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. Wow. What would the world look like if we were to do this?
With the gift of being, comes tremendous responsibility.
This Sunday, January 12, we will starting a new series on the cataclysmic topic of the "apocalypse." The word actually means "revelation" but usually refers to a revelation about the end times. In the class we will seek revelation about the following questions:
What did the Old Testament prophets say about the apocalypse? What did Jesus say? What about Paul? What does the Book of Revelation say? When are the end times coming? Do we need to do anything to get ready? How has the apocalypse affected modern culture?
Come join us between the services at 9:00 in the parish hall before it is too late.
This Sunday is the first Sunday in Epiphany and the Sunday we perform the Epiphany Pageant. After getting responses, I had to make a couple of adjustments to the cast. Please check the cast below and let me know as soon as possible if you can be in church at 9:50 to rehearse and get into costumes.
There will be no Sunday School so everyone can be in church to see the pageant. We will process at the beginning of the service with figures of the Wise Men and their camels for the creche and then sit with your families for the rest of the service until the communion hymn when we will come to the rail.
Regular classes will resume on January 19 and Youth Sunday is January 26th.
Epiphany Pageant Cast 2020
Narrator: Sofia Brzezecki
Mary: Giovanna Forte
Joseph: Gerald Gordon
Melchior: Tristan Brown
Caspar: Athena Dieter
Balthazar: Matthew Dobbs
Herod: Tyler Brown
Chief Priest: Logan Wren
Bishop Daniel Gutiérrez
The Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez will preside and celebrate during the weekly celebration of the Holy Eucharist on January 26th at 10:30 am. A simple soup luncheon will follow the Eucharist.
Souper Bowl of Caring
Pledging and Offering Envelopes
Our annual Souper Bowl luncheon will take place af
ter the 10:30 service on Sunday, January, 26th. We request that you bring food staples for St. Mary's Food Cupboard or make a monetary donation in return for a bowl of homemade soup and bread. Extra soup will be sold after the lunch. St. Mary's is currently providing food for over 100 families each week with ever-increasing needs. Our collection is part of the Souper Bowl of Caring campaign in Springfield. Please be generous.
Thank you for pledging your support to our church. We cannot do the ministry Christ has called us to without your support.
Please remember to pick up your 2020 offering envelopes at the rear of the sanctuary; and, if you have not yet returned your pledge card, please forward it to the office as soon as possible.
Save the Date - Lifeline Screening
Returns to the Church of the Redeemer on Frida
y, January 31st. Don't let heart disease
or stroke stop you from living the life you love. Call, text or email to schedule your screening: 1.800.679.5609 or communitypartners@LLSA.com.
Gift of Angels
The Gift of Angels program is being re-energized with the formation of a committee comprised of Lee Lucas, Helen Lightcap, and Jane Nyiri. They will be compiling a list of items needed by the church and prioritizing them. We have a number of people who have already donated to this program or have committed to a donation and we want to thank them for their support of Redeemer. When the committee completes the list of needs, they will match the gifts with the needs and then we can acknowledge the donors. If you see a need or wish to make a donation, please contact one of the three members of the committee.
The holiday schedule has ended and normal hours have resumed. Earnings for December were $1822; total earnings for 2019 were $22,497.
Please continue to wear your name tags. If you want or need a replacement, please notify the church office.
Online Church Calendar
The calendar has been corrected, updated and is being kept current. It is accessible via the Redeemer website. On the home page, click on the Services and Events tab to view the calendar; click on the event to view the details.
Episcopal Relief and Development
Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with dioceses in areas where natural disasters have occurred to provide affected communities with immediate and long-term support. You can help by contributing to episcopalrelief.org. Or, mail to: Episcopal Relief and Development, PO Box 7058, Merriffield VA 22116-7058.
Opportunities exist to participate as acolytes in the service. If you are interested, please contact Elaine McDaid.
If you would like to help in this important Ministry of Welcome, please contact Sharon Parry.
At the back of the church is a Prayer Book.
On the cover it says
"For those in need..." In the book please write in the names of those who need our prayers. Please enter the name and the date (and reason, if you wish). At every Eucharist we will pray for those named in the book. After a month, the person's name will be removed from our prayers, unless it is entered anew.
Please pray for those who need healing and comfort:
Diane, Jim and Carol, Jimmy, Nicholas, Ruth, Joe Atkinson,
Sue Brady, Ed Chalkley, Debbie Corso, Brian Deppen,
Sam Dobbs, Catherine Gallagher, Barbara Howe,
Mary Kelly, Jerry King, Charlotte McLaughlen, Stephanie Milman, Linda Mullen, Marjory Petherbridge, Family of Joan Sherrill,
Kevin Stewart, Frank Wilson, the Zielke Family
and those we hold in our hearts.
Please pray for the departed especially
Denise Belay and Joan Sherrill.
Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon them.
Others for whom we continue to pray:
Ashley Ann, Erin W, Isaac, Jim, Kevin, Betty Brown,
Marlaine Brown, Pete Davis, Debbie Diehl,
Bob and Katie Grange,
Emily Knox, Martin Knox,
Peter Rosado, and Carl Witzel.
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and forever.
Book of Common Prayer
Ministry Schedule January 12th
Serving this Sunday at 7:45 am - Diane Ramsey
Serving this Sunday at 10:30 am
Acolytes - Bruce Fillipo, Els Baldewijns, Danielle Adams
Altar Guild - Danielle Adams, Lee Lucas, Elaine McDaid
Communion Assistant - Sofia Brzezicki
Counters - Joan Strayer, Jane Nyiri
Fellowship - Fillipo Family
Flower Guild -Betty Arzt
Intercessor - Glenna Kolynych
Readers - Danielle Adams, Sofia Brzezicki
Shepherds - Lambert Family
Ushers - Sharon Parry
Altar Flower Dedications - 2020
Sponsoring our Sunday altar flowers is a great way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, remember a loved one who has passed, or mark any other special occasion. The suggested donation is $20 per arrangement, which offsets the cost of the flowers provided by Leary's Florist.
A list of dedications for the year 2020 is being compiled in the office. If you wish to sponsor the flowers during this year please submit your name and preferred wording of the dedication to firstname.lastname@example.org or in a note placed in the offering plate.
Things To Be Done Around Redeemer Notebook
If you notice something that needs attention around the campus (i.e. leaky toilet, broken light, etc.), please record it in the black & white
notebook in the Property Team's mailbox outside the church office.
Gift of Angels
There are expenses that pop up that are not included in our annual operating budget, and this program covers those.
Your gift to the Gift of Angels program can be in the form of a monetary donation or a gift-in-kind and can be made in thanksgiving or in memory of someone. It can cover all or part of an item on the wish list. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. You will receive recognition of your gift, and all gifts are recorded in our Book of Memorials and Gifts.
Please make checks payable to Church of the Redeemer and designate Gift of Angels or your specific designation on the memo line.
Your consideration of support for this campaign is greatly appreciated!
St. Mary's Food Cupboard
During the month of
September, 2019, volunteers contributed 300 hours, distributed 16,815 pounds of food and 6960 meals to 460 individuals.
During the month of
volunteers contributed 320 hours, distributed 6896.6 pounds of food and 7935 meals to 529 individuals.
During the month of November, 2019, volunteers contributed 280 hours, distributed 5442.7 pounds of food and 5580 meals to 372 individuals.
Tuesdays 10 am - 2 pm
Saturdays 9 am - 2 pm
We welcome your donations
we are always looking for new volunteers!
Earnings for December were $1822;
total earnings for 2019 were $22,497.
Cyn Mattson 610-353-8125
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Acme and Giant Gift Cards
See Rick and Ginny Doyle during fellowship hour to purchase your Giant and Acme Gift Cards. Redeemer receives 5% of the value of the card. The Giant on Township Line Road also offers discounts on gas. The more you buy, the more you save.
Church of the Redeemer, Springfield
145 West Springfield Road
Springfield , Pennsylvania 19064
Reverend Jonathan Clodfelter
Minister of Music
Carol Kane, Claire Witzel
George Baughan '22 - Senior Warden
Lee Lucas '20 - Junior Warden
Ginny Doyle '22
- Clerk of Vestry
Sharon Appelbaum '21
Keith Brown '22
Jim Lambert '21
Helen Lightcap '20
Jane Nyiri '20
Gary Rew '21
"As people of God, we come together in joyful worship, to care for each other, to engage in Christian formation, and to reach out to others thoughtfully and compassionately."
"Becoming one with Christ, with one another, and with all God's people"